Wow!… Litterbugs should be extinct by now, right?!

When I was growing up in the 60’s, normal, middle classed people would toss trash out of the car window without giving it a second thought. Now, most of us are—thankfully—more aware and would never even consider littering by throwing the piece of trash in our hand on the ground or out the window.

Yet some still do. Too many somes actually. Just walking in our subdivision… a small wooded subdivision, only 20 minutes from the mid-sized city of Winston-Salem, there are people that drive by our subdivision who actually still throw stuff out the window. People who still litter.

We’ve come a long way… and we still have a ways to go in consciousness and awareness.

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We cannot fathom even thinking of it, let alone doing so. Likely that’s true for you too if you’re taking the time to read this. However, there may be other things we do that we could improve that we may not think about, such as conserving and reusing more. For example, many people conscious of their health may drink bottled water, and yet one of the biggest disposables in the world is…. you guessed it, water bottles.

One of the biggest disposables in the world is empty bottled water bottles.

A beautifully produced, thoughtful short story of earth and our role on it.

How much is litter costing us as taxpayers? See page 2 for the stark details.


Excerpted from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety

  • Last year, United States taxpayers spent nearly $11 billion cleaning up litter across the U.S., ten times more than the cost of trash disposal.
  • In 2013, the North Carolina Department of Transportation spent more than $16 million to remove approximately seven million pounds of roadside litter.
  • The estimated cost of litter pickup is 30 cents per piece of litter.
  • One mile of highway contains approximately 16,000 pieces of litter.
  • Thousands of accidents across the United States are litter-related, causing insurance rates to rise.
  • $90 million worth of cans, bottles and newspapers in a landfill would be valued at $300 million if those items were recycled.
  • Litter reduces property values.
  • Tourism declines when vistas are spoiled by litter1)https://www2.ncdps.gov/Index2.cfm?a=000001,002895,002903

49% of street litter is from fast food restaurants.2)http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/06/fast-food-big-source-trash-pollution/#

Unsecured Loads

Don’t contribute to litter. It could mean a ticket for you—or worse—accidents and harm to others! We’ve done an article and short video showing you our favorite and most effective cargo securing method which we’re linking here in the footnotes.3)https://www.gardensall.com/truck-bed-tie-downs-secure-cargo/

 

What else can you do?

You can download a free Tarp Awareness Brochure here.4)https://www2.ncdps.gov/cit/TarpBrochure.pdf

We use an unusual tie-down system that’s super effective. You can read more about that in this article.5)https://www.gardensall.com/truck-bed-tie-downs-secure-cargo/

A number to place in your cell phone Favorites for speed dialing:
To report unsecured loads, motorists may dial *HP on a cellular phone.

By placing that number in your speed dial on your cell phone so that you may safely dial while driving if you see an issue or potentially hazardous unsecured cargo, you could even be saving a life. Think of those cars driving at highway speeds who suddenly encounter a large object in the road. Or worse… those vehicles that get hit by falling debris.

Taking action is simple and could save lives!

These ladies each had an angel on her shoulder!6)http://wwlp.com/2015/11/04/piece-of-lumber-came-crashing-through-windshield/

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Screenshot image from WWLP.com news story. An axe flew through this windshield, but stopped on the dash and did not harm the elderly female passenger.
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This 67 year old lady had an angel on her shoulder! She survived, shaken but unharmed. A miracle!

Tobacco products make up more than 1/3 of existing litter, take 12 years to break down, and leak cadmium, lead and arsenic into soil and waterways.

Cigarette Butts

  • Tobacco products make up more than one third of existing litter.
  • A discarded cigarette butt takes 12 years to break down and leaks cadmium, lead and arsenic into soil and waterways.
  • Cigarette butts can poison children or animals who may find and eat them.
  • Cigarette butts that accumulate outside of buildings, on parking lots or streets can be washed through storm drains to streams, rivers, and beaches.
  • Lit cigarettes thrown from car windows can cause forest fires.

Neighborhood Crime

Heavily littered neighborhoods experience more vandalism and other crimes.

How to Report a Litterbug

  • Use the Swat-A-Litterbug form on the Dept. of Transportation’s website.7)http://www.ncdot.gov/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/roadside/Beautification/Litterbug/
  • Call *HP to notify the State Highway Patrol if you see someone littering.


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I’m LeAura Alderson, entrepreneur, ideator, media publisher, writer and editor of GardensAll.com. Pursuits in recent years have been more planting seeds of ideas for business growth more than gardening. However, I’ve always been interested in medicinal herbs and getting nutrition and healing from food over pharmacy. As a family we’re eager to dig more deeply into gardening and edible landscape for the love of fresh organic foods and self sustainability. We thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the creative ingenuity of the GardensAll community.